Although the NFL does not have a rule requiring players to leave the game when they’re bleeding, that may change soon.
On Sunday, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt continued playing as blood gushed out of the bridge of his nose and former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira said he believes the sight of Watt bleeding on the field will make the NFL’s Competition Committee queasy.
Given the league’s emphasis on player safety, it’s surprising that such a rule doesn’t already exist. It’s also surprising that the NFL apparently doesn’t require medical professionals to wear latex gloves when treating players who are bleeding as the trainers on the Texans’ sideline were not wearing gloves as they treated Watt’s cut.
As the NFL tries to change its image, the sight of players with blood streaming down their faces will likely become a thing of the past.